Children walk around an open-air market in Petevo in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Camille Lepage
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U.N. investigators left for the Central African Republic Monday to launch a probe into alleged genocide and ethnic cleansing in the conflict-ravaged country.The three international investigators will spend two weeks traveling the country speaking to victims, witnesses, and the main actors in the bloody Muslim-Christian conflict. Thousands have been killed and around a quarter of the country's 4.6 million people displaced, as 8,000 African and French peacekeeping troops struggle to rein in the militias terrorizing the population.Until recently, the country's Muslim minority accounted for between 10 and 15 percent of the total population, but the violence has slashed that number to around 2 percent, as Muslims have abandoned their homes in droves, said Adama Dieng, the U.N. adviser on the prevention of genocide.Muna said the "hate propaganda" on the ground was reminiscent of his time working in Rwanda, where the 1994 genocide left an estimated 800,000 people dead in the space of a few months.
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